The Chinchilla, Silver Tabby & Smoke Cat Society

Committee Profiles

Mrs Meta Kalshoven - President


Meta has a long association with the Society.  She lives in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands and currently has2 cats - both Exotics.  She has never bred or shown cats, but travels to the UK every year to attend the Society's show, often stewarding, and more recently judging the Household Pet classes.  Meta is a strong suppporter of the welfare work of the Society.


Mr Eric Wickham-Ruffle - Vice President


Eric has been involved in many aspects of the UK Cat Fancy, a breeder of Chinchillas under his "Silvermist" prefix, a very well respected Judge - the only UK Judge to be an Honorary All Breed Judge for FIFe.  Eric has now retired from judging, but takes a keen interest in the Society and its breeds.  Eric is also a Fellow of the Zoological Society.


Mrs Marion Goff - Vice President


Marion was a committee member of the Society for many years,and also acted as its Treasurer, successfully boosting the assets of the Society by judicial investment.  Marion was also Show Manager for several years.  Marion bred Chinchillas and Goldens in a small way; her most famous cat was UK Gr Pr Lucianne Silver Chanteur aka "Puff", many times a Best in Show winner, including at the Society's show.


Mrs Jo Clements - Chairman & Welfare Officer


Jo lives in a village near Devizes in Wiltshire with her husband, John, and has retired from teaching.  Jo used to breed Persians and Birmans, but now shows Persian and Exotic SH neuters, and regularly stewards at shows.  She acts as the Society's Welfare Officer, and this involves caring for the cats in the rescue cattery, vet visits, home checking and re-homing - a full time job!  Jo also keeps guinea pigs and tortoises.


Mrs Rosemary Fisher - Hon. Secretary


Rosemary also lives in a village near Devizes, Wiltshire with her partner, Geoff.  She has now retired from The National Trust where she worked in Fundraising, and is interested in conservation and heritage.  Rosemary breeds and shows Chinchillas and Exotics SHs under her "Owletts" prefix, and is a Judge of Persians, Semi LHs, Foreign SHs and British SHs.  Rosemary also owns a Boxer dog.


Mrs Gill Clark - Committee Member


Gill lives in Corsham, Wiltshire and has been involved in the Cat Fancy since the 1970s, breeding first Devon Rex, and then Exotic SHs with great success under the "Suzerain" prefix held with her late husband, Mike.  After Mike died in 2007, Gill decided to give up breeding, but still atttends shows with her Exotics, now shown as neuters.  Her Tortie Smoke, "Flame" was Overall Best In Show Exhibit at the Society's 2009 show.


Mr & Mrs Derek & Rennie Fairs - Committee Members


Derek & Rennie joined the committee in 2017, they live in Wimbledon, London.  Both keen exhibitors, they show Cameos and Exotics.


Miss Carole Pearson - Committee Member


Carole lives in Bracknell, Berkshire and has retired from HMRC.  Carole is currently a Full Judge of Persians and a Pupil Judge of Exotic Shorthairs.  Her greatest interest lies in Silver Tabby Persians, which she has shown with success.  Carole is now breeding Cameos, Pewters and Exotics.


Mrs Caroline Turner-Russell - Committee Member


Caroline lives in Bream, near Lydney in the Forest of Dean, with her husband, Peter, and assorted cats - Burmese, Asians, Exotics and Persians.  Her prefix is Wellbrand.  Caroline is now breeding both Silvers and Goldens with enthusiasm, and is a Pupil Judge of both Persians and Exotics.


Mrs Julie Wilkinson - Committee Member


Julie lives in Newbury, Berkshire.  She has bred both Smokes and Cameos under her "Danmoso" prefix, and is also currently a Judge of Persians and Exotics.  Julie's latest interest is British SHs and she hopes to also get a British LH in due course.